Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.
The perfect noir comedy of desire, an erotic refraction played in dapper proximity to Hitchcock (what’s taken from Rebecca is passed on to Vertigo). The famous opening introduces aristocratic Manhattan as a perfumed glass cabinet, a whip pan followed without pause by a dolly-in reveals Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) in his bathroom soaking like Marat, venomous typewriter suspended above a marble bathtub. Queenly aesthete and viperish columnist ("sentiment comes easy at 50 cents a word"), he finds a Galatea in Laura (Gene Tierney) and helps her ascend from Madison Ave. go-getter to shimmering socialite. A disfigured corpse brings out the blue-collar detective (Dana Andrews) and the shady bourgeoisie: a sponging playboy (Vincent Price), the "lean, strong body" easily toppled, and…
A mystery film noir directed by Otto Preminger firing on all cylinders. The nights are pitch black, the weather is restless and the brightly lit interiors are filled with cigarette smoke, antique furniture and walking old-fashioned costumes. The atmosphere is stylishly conveyed and acutely perceived. The black and white cinematography is beautifully stark, the camera is moving smoothly, the dissolves are seamless. The sweeping, grandiose and dramatic score gives such weight to unfolding scenes. The dialogue is smart and very well written, excellently punctuated by the cast, part of which are Dana Andrews as the experienced and determined detective and Gene Tierney as the beautiful, attractive and fascinating titular character.
The mystery surrounding the murder is expertly constructed, allowing for…
An incredible film about male projection. LAURA initially plays into the cliché that tends to type all movies that start with the focal character dead, wherein the viewer gets to feel like that person is an active, driving character for the force they continue to exert on the living. But in this case, when Laura is revealed to be alive, her actual presence throws everything that came before into disarray, revealing that image driving the story to be nothing more than the idealized visions of different men in love with her. I've been wanting to watch this movie for years (it spent a solid year near and at the top of my Netflix queue but the disc was always rented out), but never knew anything about it. Imagine my surprise to get not only a great noir an incredibly ahead-of-its-time reflection on noir's pedestal problem.
''Love is eternal. It has been the strongest motivation for human actions throughout history. Love is stronger than life. It reaches beyond the dark shadow of death.''
It's been a good long while since I sunk my teeth into a tasty slice of noir, and what a better way to reacquaint than with Otto Preminger's early landmark Laura. It successfully intrigues with a wonderfully serpentine mystery whilst also offering up finely tuned melodrama and a cracking script delivered by a very capable cast of players. Dana Andrews as Mark McPherson is astute casting as the hardboiled detective that finds he is falling for the seductive titular Laura (a radiant Gene Tierney) in the wake of her mysterious death. Clifton Webb…
I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.
There's so many films that ended up truly great out of sheer luck, accidents and circumstance. Laura is no different. Otto Preminger struggled in every aspect to have this film made the way he wanted, because there was always someone or something working against him. After fighting to get the cast he wanted however, he was denied the right to direct the film and relegated to producing it.
Rouben Mamoulian was given the directing gig, but when the first dailies came in the studio was less then impressed. Much to Preminger's delight he was given the go ahead to fire Mamoulian and take over…
David's Movie entry #14: January 3rd, 2014
In Memory of David Eisen
A hard boiled kind of noir that seems at first by the numbers in its approach of murder mystery with detective on the trail and several people of interest. It is not until midway or even slightly into the last act that the film started to unveil its true colors and the uniqueness it has within the genre. I actually can recall that point quite vividly and to refrain from spoilers I will just say it is when McPherson sits alone in Laura's apartment gazing at her portrait in kind of postmortem affection that never was.
I think Preminger does a great job in this one fooling the…
This is a atmospheric and clever film noir with Gene Tierney at her best and a wonderful Oscar-nominated turn by Clifton Webb. For my full review see flickersintime.com
A perfect noir, tight script,no no no, forget that: a very clever script, that knows how to deal with the ins and outs of the genre while exploring male emotions as every character who falls for Laura represent a different part of the male soul. The no-nonesense detective, the shady lover, the snobish protector. Laura comes out as a very human character, in a genre that can easily dump females as either femme fatales or naive girls. Pure cinematic magic i tell you.
왈도 라이데커는 언제 봐도 쩌는 게이 빌런. 왈도가 로라와 다른 남자들 간의 로맨스 관계를 훼방하는 건 로라를 성적으로 욕망해서가 아니라, 로라에 대한 단순 집착 외에도 로라의 사회적 성장을 견인한 스스로에 도취된 스벵갈리 비슷한 나르시시스트라.
자신의 소유물 내지는 액세서리쯤에 지나지 않던 로라가 자길 내치니까 아예 죽이려는 마지막씬 긴장감 좋고. 고가 수집품이 진열된 왈도의 집 내부를 카메라가 슬슬 패닝하다가 욕조에 있는 왈도를 드러내는 오프닝씬은 그야말로 개적절하고.
여기서 클리프톤 웹은 생김새만 놓고 보면 어쩐지 TV판 TTSS에서 빌 헤이든 역도 하셨고 하우스 오브 카드(영드)의 주역이셨던 이안 리처드슨이 생각나더라.
Still pretty great.
At times Laura is a melodrama. At other times it’s a great mystery. And most times it’s a classic example of film noir. This film from Otto Preminger features a strong cast of characters and a twisting plot, and although some might argue against its classification of noir due to its satisfactory ending, it should be considered among the best the two decades of classic noir had to offer.
Preminger’s direction as well as the screenplay based on Vera Caspary’s novel is only partly what makes Laura so good. Preminger is in top noir form, and with the help of the script he may have made his best film. The first part of Laura is a detective attempting to discover…
Really great film noir. Gene Tierney is mesmerizing.
Decades Ago Classics 1944, 3/4
Excellent piece of entertainment, as slick and fast paced as any movie made today - though the action here is done by talking. Quite an irrational plot designed to be followed with reason and enjoyed through one's better judgment. Those kinda were the days.
An enjoyable unravelling of an enigma.
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